18 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

ORGANIZING VIA KEYWORD TAGGING -- NexTiga Unveils App to Organize Photos With a Click for Amateur and Professional Photographers - The app ‘Smart Photo Album’ allows users to organize photos via keyword tagging and star ratings. Smart Photo Album comes with built-in social media support which means photos can be directly exported to Facebook and Twitter. http://www.prweb.com/releases/smartphotoalbum/240/prweb11565798.htm

07 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

VOICE TAGS -- Apple may let you tag iPhone photos using your voice - Jon Fingas Tagging greatly simplifies photo searches, but it can be a cumbersome process -- just ask anyone who has typed in keywords for dozens of vacation shots. It may be more intuitive if Apple implements the voice tagging from a newly published patent application, though. The technique would let mobile-device users describe images using natural-language voice commands, with social networks and other info filling in the gaps. SOURCE: http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/26/apple-may-let-you-describe-iphone-photos-with-your-voice/ Also: http://www.domain-b.com/companies/companies_a/Apple/20131230_searching.html

Check out this week's Kracker Barrel for an encouraging post about Keywords from Claudia.

11 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

DESIGNING A CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM -- Norm Hanson : “A good start (I’ve been using this approach for a while, but I have to admit not everything is keyworded yet) is to use a hierarchy based on the classic Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. SOURCE: http://imageo.blogspot.com/2013/09/keywording-your-photos.html

25 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

THE ENTIRE STORY -- Effective Keywording. Chris Walsh: “Think of a keyword as being a highly concentrated description of the entire story. Keywords are “the smallest unit which express [the] meaning of [the] entire document” SOURCE:

28 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

NO TEXT SEARCH -- Google+ Now Using ‘Computer Vision’ to Identify and Index Photos by Content , DL Cade: “Google’s Search blog has announced that the company has started implementing some impressive technology that will allow you to search for your photos based on what they contain visually, even if there’s not a tag in sight. http://petapixel.com/2013/05/23/google-now-using-computer-vision-to-identify-and-index-photos-by-content/
TAKEAWAY: Based on previous tries at this kind of technolgy, looking for a camel in the desert, often comes out showing a pony in a baseball field. Keep your fingers crossed but don't hold your breath! -RE

09 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: st

IN WITH THE NEW --– Rosh Sillars: “Effective Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, continues to change virtually daily. As such, many formerly tried-and-true practices simply don’t work, anymore. The new SEO requires that photographers display their best work, write about it, and share it in the social media. While photographs and videos are helpful, it is the written word that will get you ranked.” http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2013/04/the-new-seo
TAKEAWAY: When most of us use the internet to make a search, it’s usually for a specific item –a certain kind of shoelace, a unique can opener for the kitchen, a 1980’s John Travolta movie. Photobuyers make their searches the same way –aiming for a certain target. Unlike the last century when we could all make a visual search for something in a limited catalog, today we can make an almost limitless search, thanks to algorithms and search technology. It’s important to display our images, yes, but even more important is to accompany them with plenty of appropriate descriptions. If content is king, text is certainly queen. Text descriptors are the soldiers that lead consumers to your blog or web page for sales.
Continue to specialize your photography in certain specialized areas and you will find the search engines to be your friend.

26 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st

COMMON MISTAKES -- Good and bad keywording, to help you improve your keyword approval rating. We deal with the common mistakes which are made when keywording and how you can maximize your images’ visibility by improving your keywording. SOURCE: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/extra/contributors/avoiding-rejection/better-keywording-4-take-care-when-copying/

12 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st

LINKS=TRAFFIC Five Link-Building Strategies – Nigel Merrick: “While on-site search engine optimization is important and it’s essential to use your keywords correctly those factors account for only 25 percent of the search engine ranking calculations. The other 75 percent of our ranking data comes from off-site factors, since the search engines know we have less opportunity to manipulate that data

18 Dec, 2012 | Posted by: st

"THINK LIKE YOUR PROSPECTS" -- Basics of Photography SEO, Google Doesn't Hate You - Nigel Merrick:.“One of the many things I hear almost every day is, “Google hates me!” More and more professional photographers everywhere are feeling this way, and they especially want the answer to the question, “Why is it that clients can’t find my photography website when they search in Google?” No one will be able to hire you if they can’t find you …

12 Dec, 2012 | Posted by: st

KEYWORD COMPETITION? - John Markoff: “Seeking a Better Way to Find Web Images.” You may think you can find almost anything on the Internet. But even as images and video rapidly come to dominate the Web, search engines can ordinarily find a given image only if the text entered by a searcher matches the text with which it was labeled. And the labels can be unreliable, unhelpful (“fuzzy” instead of “rabbit”) or simply nonexistent. To eliminate those limits, scientists will need to create a new generation of visual search technologies — or else, as the Stanford computer scientist Fei-Fei Li recently put it, the Web will be in danger of “going dark.”
TAKEAWAY: A machine to identify images without the help of keywords? Lots of luck!
via Joe Stanski

06 Nov, 2012 | Posted by: st

DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT -- (via Brad Moore) Seth Resnick: “A keyword tag or ‘keyword’ is metadata that categorizes and describes the key elements of a photo. According to one study, it may take more than 400 keywords to accurately describe an image without actually looking at the thumbnail. Building a Keyword Hierarchy can be a tedious and painful task, but it is essential to digital asset management.
“It is one thing to scroll through a few hundred images to find the one you want. It is an entirely different matter to scroll through 50,000 images to find the image you want. With proper keywording one can find any image in a click. SOURCE:
More info on Seth Resnick’s keyword list: http://www.d-65.com/downloads.html
PHOTO: Nancy Leigh
TAKEAWAY: The end-all importance (and the incentive to keyword continuously) is that when you are gone (deceased) your photo collection will be near worthless if it is not properly keyworded. -RE

11 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st

GET MORE HITS -- How Simple Changes to Website Images Can Increase Search Engine Discovery. Scott McIntosh “A picture is worth a thousand words” – or maybe more, if it’s on your website. Most websites contain images because they are a powerful way to keep visitors on your website longer. Images keep people’s attention and can range from an infographic containing important statistics to an intriguing picture related to your business message. Did you know that images can also help people discover your website through search engines?“ SOURCE: http://www.business2community.com/seo/how-simple-changes-to-website-images-can-increase-search-engine-discovery-0266798#fEF4fI50Rkhxo2Zu.99

05 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: bswenson

SEARCHABLE -- Bing is turning its search engine into a one-stop-shop for your every social need, announcing recently the integration of Facebook friends' photos into your results.
The Microsoft-owned search engine now lets users quickly find any particular picture they're looking for–be it a photo from last summer's family reunion, or a snapshot of the sun setting behind a favorite city skyscraper.
If you don't have a specific image in mind, the new Friends' Photos feature also allows users to simply browse through Facebook friends' collections.
TAKEAWAY: This looks like another Google IMAGES search engine challenger. Need to see what a costumed ardvark looks like? If Google doesn't have it, maybe FACEBOOK will. -RE

29 Aug, 2012 | Posted by: bswenson

-- Chuq Von Rospach: For most photographers, adding keywords and other meta data to their photos is a necessary evil. Many of us prefer to take photos, and putting in the time and energy to describe them during post-processing isn't—fun. So we tend to do a minimal job of it. Getting all of the details right is—frankly—a chore. But once you get them right, they'll stay that way with minimal work, and it gives a polish and professionalism to your work that leaves a better impression. http://www.naturescapes.net/docs/index.php/articles/525

Laura Shoe: "I wrote a post several months ago on how to organize your Lightroom keywords into keyword hierarchies. This allows you to more easily manage your keywords, and also to efficiently assign the full hierarchy by simply assigning the lowest level keyword.
Will D. wrote in to ask how you could assign a hierarchy when importing photos, and suggested that it would make a good blog post — I agree!..."

14 Aug, 2012 | Posted by: st

POWER OF KEYWORDING -- Stephan Bollinger: “In the first part of this series, we talked about naming files, storage and the importance of backup. We looked at catalogs and structures in the second part, and ways to optimise the way we manage, select and deliver our images by clients and project. The third part to the story is how to find images system wide, independently from clients, projects, or file structure. We enter the powerful world of “keywords”. http://photofocus.com/2012/08/05/lightroom-get-organised-part-3-the-power-of-keywording/

24 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st

NEARBY SEARCHING -- Scott: “Related search is a fun tool to use on Google. Why not mix the two, right? What you will learn in this article is a simple way to find keywords using Google’s Related Searches function. For this article I will be using New Jersey as the example. But open a new window or tab, and visit Google. Do a search for Your State Photographer (replacing Your State with whatever state you’re in of course) SOURCE:

10 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st

FINDING PHOTOS -- The Challenge Of Getting Photos Seen – John Lund: “Who would ever think to search for a gorilla standing behind the help desk? Luckily people do search for “service desk” and “help desk”, so it is important to make sure those keywords are emphasized on my website page that features that image. In terms of getting the most visibility for my individual photos, SEO for Google search still appears to be the best route to go.” .http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/06/challenge-of-getting-photos-seen.html

Searching with an image on Google is now a bit more productive. Meghan Kelly: “Google’s “search by image” feature just got a little bit smarter. The search engine can now better detect image subjects and give you lots of new related content.
TAKEAWAY: What photo researchers need is precision, not mechanical guessing. As with o’s and 1’s in coding, the native literature of the search process will always win out in the contemporary library science of search.

KEYWORDING EXAMPLES -- Rafael: With Smart Keywording examples we will regularly give examples for the use of Smart Keywording for tagging in different areas. Today we want to start with a beautiful wildlife photo of a grizzly fishing for salmon.”
TAKEAWAY: Because 1,000 photographers are going to have this same photo distributed on 1,000 microstock sites, basic keywording is no longer going to be effective -- if you want photo researchers to land on your blog or website, or photo hosting site. Be generous in your choice of keywords and phrases. A researcher would probably want answers to: the age of the grizzly, the river or stream name, the salmon species., the type of pebbles, the foliage., the time of day, year. Crazy sounding, right? Anticipate what a general photo researcher will type into Google. You’ll get to the top of the search. You’ll be first in line for a sale. –RE

12 Jun, 2012 | Posted by: st

ASPP-NY: The Art of Keywording, June 19
Ede Rothaus: "Join with us to learn more about the art (and some of the new science) of technology-driven keywording."

05 Jun, 2012 | Posted by: st

TIPS -- Proper keywording for your image is essential if you wish to succeed in the stock photo industry. Your keywords should describe exactly what is happening or is being shown in your images. Imagine what words a person might type into a search if they were looking for your image. A good trick when you are keywording an image is to pretend you are describing the image to someone over the phone. http://en.blog.photokore.com/tag/keywording-guide/

22 May, 2012 | Posted by: st

KEYWORDING: Thomas Franz: "Check out the learning feature of Smart Keywording in action. Webtag stands for our latest web-based keywording app that builds on our Keyword Service. Feel free to try it out and to tell us what you like or dislike, e.g. about the user interface, the keyword suggestions, the name, as we make it better every week. (Video) The learning feature of Smart Keywording helps to make your digital assets findable. Smart keywording improves tagging quality and efficiency in digital asset management by learning customer-specific keywords. http://kreuzverweis.com/news/smart-keywording-learning-video/

DON’T FORGET -- Laura Shoe: “As much as I like to come across to you as perfectly organized, I have to admit that I am not always as disciplined as I should be about immediately completing my keywording of photos after I import them. During those organizational spurts that I go through to clean this up, it would be nice to be able to get back to those photos that I need to finish:. http://laurashoe.com/2012/05/14/dont-forget-to-keyword-those-photos-how-to-keep-track-of-them-so-you-can/

08 May, 2012 | Posted by: st

NO SALES WITHOUT ‘EM -- This tiger, ready to be ridden in a business setting, has little chance of success without proper key wording. http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/04/tigers-business-and-key-words.html?

01 May, 2012 | Posted by: st

SECRET TO SELLING -- Why your Pictures don't sell. Chris Hills: “There can be many reasons why your pictures don't sell. However the first and main reason is that the picture editors don't see them. The over riding reason is because people don't keyword or keyword properly. “ http://www.demotix.com/forum/why-your-pictures-dont-sell

13 Mar, 2012 | Posted by: st

CAN THEY FIND YOU? -- Keywording is not the most exciting of jobs. It is however very important if you want potential buyers to find the work you have worked so hard on. And if they can’t find it, they can’t buy it! SOURCE: StockMediaPro; http://www.stockmediapro.com/blog/?p=384
TAKEAWAY: Excellent point: (Can’t find it – can’t can’t buy it! ) One suggestion, though. Spell checking is not as necessary as in the past. In fact, sometimes it’s best to misspell. Why? Editors and art director are known to misspell. Anyone know the correct spelling of Mohamed Ali? -RE

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st

Choose the Right Keywords for Your Stock Photos to Take Them From “Uploaded” to “Sold.”
Out of all the money making ideas floating around online (and even on this website), stock photography is one of the most creative. You get to be creative with your photos, how you present them, and even how you sell them using keywords. http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/stock-photography-tips.html
PHOTO: Fotalia

IMPORTANT BAGGAGE -- New Campaign To Embed Information Permanently In Digital Media A campaign has been launched now to embed descriptive and rights information in digital media and to retain it during the whole life cycle.

21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st

GET ORGANIZED -- Lynne Rigby: “I was the world’s worst offender in the image organizational department. I take about 25,000 shots a year of my family and when I need an image, I have to go through the folders that I think it might be in. Heaven forbid, I use all those handy dandy features that I teach about in LR101 . My new year’s resolution was to get my stuff organized this year and so far, every picture I’ve taken has been keyworded. I’ve figured out a few shortcuts to make it as painless and quick as possible.” http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/get-organized-keywording-tips-for-lightroom/

14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st

WORKFLOW -- Tom Bourdon: “Digital workflow. Keywording. Normally we shoot one subject at a time which means adding keywords can be done in bulk by selecting all relating images and the keyword just once. Simple, or it should be. Difficulties arise when you shoot lots of different things and it’s oh so easy to say, I’ll come back later and add the keywords. At present I currently have a few thousand images in my collection that have no keywords, will I ever get around to adding them?.. probably http://tombourdon.co.uk/index.php/2012/02/digital-workflow-keywording/
TAKEAWAY: Keywording is not the most glamorous of your workflow tasks but it will prove well worth the time investment in the future when you are ready to sell your photo collection or pass it on to your heirs. Without keywords your images will be near useless.

17 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st

GETTING VISITORS -- Hatcheckgirl: “What are long tail keywords? Well, to start with you need to understand the nature of microstock and long tail theory in general. "The Long Tail," is a term that was coined by tech writer Chris Anderson in his article "The Long Tail" in WIRED Magazine. Customers who are searching for unusual and out of the ordinary images are very specific in their search terms and search keywords (it's true - there have been studies!). They use narrower, rather than broader terms. They string words together. Even when searching for a general term like "family" or "law" or "love", they will pair it with one or more other words. http://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/01/13/the-practical-keyworder-long-tail-keywords-and-microstock_art36937

30 Nov, 2011 | Posted by: st

KEYWORDS ARE THE KEY -- Paul Burwell: “I talk to a lot of photographers each year and am always curious to learn how people organize their digital photographs for later retrieval. Some come up with file naming schemes that include the subject in the title, others build elaborate electronic folder systems to help them organize their photographs by subject and/or date that the image was made. While those are perfectly valid organizational techniques, they just won’t work for me and my memory; http://bsop.ca/blog/2011/11/keywords-are-the-key/
PHOTO: Paul Burwell
TAKEAWAY: Yes,and in 2040 add another 20 years or so when you want to pass your collection on to a son or daughter or relative. Your investment in keywording now will be a welcome bonus!

23 Nov, 2011 | Posted by: st

CAPTIONING –NOT -- Stephen Sidlo: “Over the last week we have had a few reporters who have reported issues with captioning when publishers have amended their work. As the head publisher at Demotix, this is where we stand. SOURCE: Demotix ; http://www.demotix.com/blog/926912/avoiding-captioning-frustrations
TAKEAWAY: What is Demotix? It's an agency for any photojournalist who wants to roam the world and find out where -the action- is. You'll probably work with an iPhone that can send your images and captions directly to Demotix who will transmit them to potential buyers worldwide. You get get a commission.

GET TRAFFIC -- Websites using alt tags in their Home Page photos gain more traffic Nowadays SEO is really an important element in websites ranking. Sometimes we spend time to optimize our websites or blogs for search engines like Google using some kind of keyword research tool to obtain the top searched keywords within our niche. However, lots of people make the mistake of focusing only on text, title tags, meta descriptions, meta keywords and post tags. But if you do not take time to put a couple of relevant images with an optimized filename, (ALT text), and title text, you can be missing a large number of potential visitors each and every month. An alt tagged image is a backlink to your page. So make the alt tags of niche(s)you’re interested in. SOURCE: neojit;http://yoursinfo.com/image-alt-tag-using-websites-gain-more-traffic/

05 Oct, 2011 | Posted by: st

ON THE GO -- Photosmith v1.1, an update of the app for Apple's iPad that allows sorting, rating, captioning and keywording of pictures on the go, and then later syncing those pictures and metadata to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, is now available. The new version addresses several bugs, improves stability, introduces compatibility with the upcoming iOS 5 and more.

HOW TO GET LEFT OUT (OF THE SEARCH) -- Jody Apap: “The Top 10 Keywording Mistakes that Photographers Make; http://blog.keywordsmart.com/2011/09/30/the-top-10-keywording-mistakes-that-photographers-make/

28 Sep, 2011 | Posted by: st

Guide to Keywording -- Jody Apap: “The first step is to start dividing your image. Actually, what we are doing is parsing out the language you are using to describe the image, into manageable parts. There are many useful and logical ways to make these divisions, but this is my preferred method. http://currentphotographer.com/guide-to-keywording-images-part-1-by-jody-apap/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CurrentPhotographer+%28Current+Photographer%29

21 Sep, 2011 | Posted by: st

IMAGE KEYWORDING TIPS -- Check out the long-form keywording blog and try our keywording software tool. http://imagekeywording.tumblr.com/
TAKEAWAY: Skyline vs. Cityscape. Always use both. Even though cityscape might be a correct dictionary description, we don't know which term the customer, photo researcher, designer, graphic artist is going to use. Example: In Alabama a person will say "rug"; in Connecticut, it's a carpet.

07 Sep, 2011 | Posted by: st

THE WHY AND HOW -- Jody Apap: “This is the final installment of my series on how to keyword your images to increase your stock photography sales. All the suggestions I’ve made should be applied to your images, whether you’re a full-time stock photographer, a hobbyist who hasn’t taken the plunge into selling stock yet, or if you are managing an image library for your company, school, non-profit or group of any kind.” http://blog.keywordsmart.com/

31 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st

BIG JOB -- George Eastman House Taps “Clickworker” for Iconic Global Crowdsourcing Project. Clickworker utilizes its workforce in the cloud to catalog and tag more than 400,000 photos — bringing to life yet-unseen collections from the world’s oldest photography museum.
PHOTO: Nicolas Muray

24 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st

MAKE IT A GAME -- Keywording is important to photographers who wish to sell their photos on-line. Photo researchers are delighted to know they can type a phrase like “Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens” into a search engine like Google or Yahoo and find which photographer has the picture. Photo researchers nevertheless are laboring against a basic human problem. As is Google.

10 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st

A NEW WAY -- The new keywording tool MyKeyworder went live August 1st 2011. As a source it uses images from Shutterstock and Flickr. It is possible to exclude image from Flickr. You can create a keyword list, tag cloud, or search for images. You can display the result by popularity or newest. Jump on over to MyKeyworder and try it out. SOURCE: Henrik Lehnerer http://microstockinfos.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-keywording-tool-goes-live.html

03 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st

TAG THOSE PHOTOS! -- No matter how rich a digital archive may be, photos without tags or keywords have essentially disappeared from public view. Of the 500,000 images that Magnum has posted online, for example, about 200,000 have little or no information attached to them. Important photos — like those by Leonard Freed in this slide show — are difficult to find. SOURCE: James Estrin ; http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/crowd-sourcing-the-magnum-archive/
PHOTO: Leonard Freed

13 Jul, 2011 | Posted by: st

THE EASY WAY -- Tips to help you organize photos on an Android device. Taking pictures is pointless unless you look at them later. That in turn means organizing
your photos so you can quickly view the ones you want. Tags make relatively light work of this organizational process and mean items you later want to retrieve can be found more easily. Naming photos as you go is good practice, but not every app you may use on your Google Android tablet or Google Android phone will allow you to do so. Transferring shots to a PC for tagging can be easier. SOURCE: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/google-android/3289837/6-tips-to-help-you-organise-photos-on-an-android-device/

22 Jun, 2011 | Posted by: st

AN EASY WAY -- Using Symbol Spraying for your metadata: copyright and keywording (Lightroom 2) SOURCE: Rafael Conception ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKydWmDmYg8

08 Jun, 2011 | Posted by: st

PhotoKeywording.com is a new resource of guides, tools, links and services to help you with setting better, more effective, and higher-quality keywords on your commercial images.